God’s Generous Grace In Choosing

4 Jun

“Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?”-Matthew 20:15

This verse comes from Jesus’ parable of the laborers in the vineyard (Matt. 20:1-16), in which the master of a house hires laborers throughout the day to work on his land.  At the end of the day, when it comes time to pay them, the master gives those whom he hired last (near the final hours of the work day) the same as those hired at the beginning of the day.  In response to this, the men hired early in the day, who had worked hard since the beginning, grumbled at the fact that the others had received the same wage.

Yet, the response of the master reveals much to us regarding the kingdom of heaven, God’s grace and our sinfulness. The master, responding to the grumbling of the workers, says, “Am i not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?”  The master makes clear that they received work and wages only by His choice to give them such.  Therefore, they should not grumble at what they receive, but rather, rejoice in the fact that they have received anything whatsoever.

These are humbling words to hear, and have direct implications for our salvation.  We are not saved by our own working.  It is not the time that we spend laboring for God that determine our salvation, but rather the sovereign grace of God’s choosing to save us, though we were undeserving sinners, in Jesus Christ! And yet, that is not all. God chooses to save us not merely that we might sit idly by for the Son to return and begin His Kingdom reign, but does so that we might work in His fields.  “For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Eph. 2:8-10)” What awesome words of promise, motivation and joy!

It is so often my inclination to feel obligated for more than others because of my work for Christ, or the giftings I’ve received.  Yet, these words of the master strip me of my prideful thinking, reminding me of the fact that all these aspects of my life flow from the fount of God’s choice to rescue me from my passionate pursuit of sin and create in me a new heart that finds its joy and satisfaction in Christ.

What a blessing it is to know that, as Christians, our relationship with God is not based upon our work for Christ, but instead is based on the finished work of Christ. And this is all a result of God’s grace that he has freely chosen to bestow upon us.  Rejoice in His generosity!

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